Recap from the last post: Day 1 - We found our car title and hit the road to Paradise! We made it to Springfield, Missouri amid a light snow storm and found a hotel at 9pm.
day 2 . december 8 2016
GOOOOOD MORNING SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI! Ummm, we are driving South right? It's 18 fricken'degrees Fahrenheit BRRRR, we are soooo over being cold to the bone, where the only thing that can warm you up is a very very very hot bath.
I pulled on comfy Juicy sweats and took two minutes to curl my hair. Do you feel better when you're dressed for the occasion and fix your hair and makup? I feel motivated and ALIVE when I wear an eclectic or chic outfit and primp a little. Now to remove all the snow that snuck into the pod from the snow storm the night before, and we're off!
LOOOOVE seeing the animals along the way roaming in big open fields.
At 10am, the Illinois driver facility called to tell us that our new car title arrived. Todd replied, 'No thank you, we don't need it since we found the original title'. The driver facility said 'I'm sorry sir, the new title is the only official title now, your original title is no longer valid'. WHAAAAATTTT!!!?? We have to drive all the way back to Illinois and lose precious time - time we planned on spending with friends in Dallas, plus we had to be in Vallarta by December 12 since our furniture shipment was arriving on the 13th. We hemmed and hawed for about one minute and decided to screw it - we'd take our chances. We didn't know for sure if the border would even ask for the car title. We decided to get the official title later. PHEW... we might be taking a chance, but ONWARD anyway!
Heaven shines through in this photo - I take this as a sign that we made the right decision to keep goin' instead of driving back to Illinois.
By 5pm we arrived at my BFF's house in Arlington, Texas. It's gotta be warm in Texas right? WRONG! The coldest spell of the year arrived and it's 30 degrees fahrenheit! We looked forward to a little break, and would spend two nights with Barb and Ed at their lovely home.
day 3 . december 9 2016
Good morning chilly Day 3 (still in the 30's). By this time I was wondering how far we had to drive to feel warmer temps (maybe Mexico). Barb and I had some relaxing girl time - we went to the spa and had lunch, while the guys did guy stuff. In the evening we had a fabulous steak dinner in Ft. Worth.
day 4 . december 10 2016
Time to continue the journey to Paradise! It was still in the 30 degree Fahrenheit range, not that I noticed - hehe. We packed up and Todd loaded the bags in the pod. Time to leave this cozy Hallmark setting. Time to say goodbye to our friends.
Then I heard the sound I dread from Todd, 'KAAAATTTHHH'. Uh oh, I recognize that tone - something happened. The key to the padlock broke and part of it was still in the lock. By this time, I wasn't surprised that there would be a delay. From Day 1 it was obvious that our trip would be an ADVENTURE with a capital A - and that was TOTALLY and COMPLETELY OKAY CAUSE WE'RE MOVIN' TO MEXICO!!!! YAHOO!!! We knew we had to just breathe and go with the flow. Todd and Ed got the broken part of the key out of the padlock and went to two locksmiths to replicate the broken key but had no luck. So they bought a padlock and Todd drilled a hole in the pod.
We're on our way to Laredo, Texas - the border town crossing to Mexico!
Here's Austin, my favorite Texas city.
Near the Alamo in San Antonio here.
By the way, our two greyhounds were perfect travel companions - not one peep from them. They slept or looked out the window, as they snuggled in their cozy Harry Barker dog beds.
We arrived in Laredo around 7:30pm. Wonder what the next morning would be like when we cross the border!? Will there be any issues? Will they search the car? This is when we were the most on edge. Even though we had an immigration attorney to help us with the process, we were still concerned about the process of crossing the border.
How's Larleen doing on her drive to Mexico? She looks a little concerned. (Me playin' as Larleen, and introducing the voice of Billy Bob, played by Todd.
What are your questions or experience with driving to another country? Please leave your comment below, would love to hear from you.
xo Kathleen Naomi